Progress for Science is committed to ending vivisection. Our current campaigns are focused on ending primate research at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Marilyn Carroll’s animal addiction studies at the University of Minnesota, and the Delta-Air France-KLM primate transport partnership.
UCLA was our starting point because Progress for Science was founded by activists in the Los Angeles area. Many of their studies are funded by federal tax dollars and the frivolous nature of this research hurts both animals and human health. In 2011, UCLA admitted to using over 150,000 animals in 1,300 research projects in a single year.
Recent USDA reports on non-human animal usage at the University of Minnesota indicate that approximately 3400 animals were used in their research labs in one year alone (not counting mice, rats, birds, and other species), 122 of which are non-human primates. Dr. Marilyn Carroll of the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience has headed such activities since the mid-1980s. Over the years, the NIH has awarded millions of dollars in tax-payer money to support Carroll’s studies.
Currently, public support for animal research is declining among US adults. However, UCLA and the University of Minnesota continue to promote experiments on animals and remain two of only a handful of public universities still using nonhuman primates. These experiments are especially problematic in their frivolity; for example, these researchers examine addiction behaviors that are already understood and that could better be studied with humans who are actually addicted.
There are currently four individuals whose work is of particular concern to this campaign. Read more about them…